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Living the Nightlife in Sarasota and Siesta Key
Being on vacation usually means staying out, finding cool things to inspire, energize or revive your spirit. Being in the Sarasota or Siesta Key area for vacation means finding amazing nightlife, no matter what kind of dining, entertainment or atmosphere you crave. The amazing local experts at The Best Western Siesta Key are here to help you find the perfect night out while enjoying the beauty and sunshine this gorgeous Gulf Coast island has to offer. Take a look at some of the best nighttime haunts in Siesta Key and the surrounding Sarasota area and find something you’ll love next time you’re in town.
Wild and Crazy
If you’re looking for a party to cap off your evening, look no further than Siesta Key’s Ocean Boulevard. From an authentic Daiquiri Deck to The Beach Club, there are plenty of fun, fruity drinks, live music and dancing everywhere you turn. Stop by the Siesta Key Oyster Bar for some tasty apps and live music (day or night) before hitting the strip and indulging in as much fun as you can pack into one evening. If you venture into Sarasota, be sure to check out The Gator Club on Main Street for live music and fun dancing. Main Street also boasts Smokin’ Joes, a great spot for cigars, drinks and a round of billiards, or stop by Evie’s Tavern for some bowling and brews while you watch the game!
Stylish and Sophisticated
For a more upscale evening experience, check out restaurants on Siesta Key’s Ocean Boulevard like The Blase Cafe & Martini Bar, an ultra-chic restaurant and lounge featuring eclectic art, locally-sourced menu options and creative one-of-a-kind drinks. Cafe Gabbino on Ocean Boulevard is a romantic hot-spot with exquisite Italian cuisine and a long list of fine wines and spirits. For a truly stylish evening, visit St. Armand’s Circle and peruse the many unique shops and dining options. There’s always something interesting happening on St. Armand’s, from live music to great outdoor dining. Take it all in as you meander the circle.
Casual and Beachy
Many visitors to the Gulf Coast seek the laid-back vibe Florida is known for. Find it on Siesta Key at Gilligan’s Island Bar & Grill, a local favorite for late night vibes. Young and fun, this local haunt features an outdoor tiki bar and indoor dance floor. After checking out the drum circle on Siesta Key Beach (every Sunday at sunset), make your way to the Crescent Club on Midnight Pass Road. Cheap drinks and local flair abound in this bar that was around before the area got glitzy.
Eclectic and Artsy
For art lovers, Sarasota is a hotbed for the performing arts. With multiple cinemas, theatres, and even an opera house, you can find it all in Sarasota. Asolo Repertory Theatre has a rich history dedicated to bringing the community quality theatre with unbeatable style. Van Wezel is known for bringing big-name entertainers and shows to the area, while the Sarasota Opera House performs classic operas with timeless style. For film buffs, the Sarasota Film Festival is one of the most acclaimed in the world, and the Burns Court Cinema brings indie films to our own eclectic corner of Sarasota. Feed your love of art, music and performing arts in the Sarasota area.
While there’s always something to do on Siesta Key and in the surrounding Sarasota area, the fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down (which is a show on its own!). Keep going into the wee hours and make your vacation one for the books. Find what moves you, fills you, or inspires you and come away feeling refreshed and energized as you soak in all that this area has to offer. Tell the professionals at The Best Western Siesta Key what you’re looking for and let us resource you with the perfect evening out.